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***Don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

This is a beautiful hike. I did it in the pouring rain. All 8+ miles it rained. The coastline was still beautiful and visible and the ocean was rough but so powerful. I can’t imagine this hike not being incredible in any weather or any month of the year. The river crossing... it was flowing fast and I couldn’t see the bottom because of all the rain. WITH THAT BEING SAID, it was still no big deal... at all and actually pretty fun! I’m 5’1 and the water was just above my knees but at no point did I feel unsteady. The water level was mid shin before all the rain, when I began. The bottom is smooth and there really isn’t anything to trip you up. At the start of my hike I took my boots and socks off to cross, on the way back I left them on. The river is right at the start of the trail. Again, don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

It’s a long one but beautiful! Completed this in July, make sure you bring your sunscreen!

13 days ago

pros: The trail was very easy to follow and well maintained. (Watch for the occasional bikers. )There is only one access (official) point to the beach but once on the beach u can enjoy the miles of sandy shores.
Cons: no toilet, no drink water except parking lot.

I mean where else are you going to find a rock formation shaped like an Eagle!!?? Amazing!! Not much of an elevation gain, so fairly easy. The wind was pretty wicked when you got out into the open! Snow on the ground from recent snowfall on NY day. Took kids 5, 10, 12 and their grandparents. Fun for all ages!

The trail is closed :(. Due to fire damage!

Great day hike. We started up the ridge trail and finished descending to the bluff trail. Would suggest this direction for the views and to get the climbing done early. River crossing was cold but refreshing and ankle to knee deep. Scenery is beautiful and diverse with ridge views of the mountains and beach, walks through the forest featuring a redwood grove, and breathtaking views from the top. Ascent up ridge trail has plenty of areas to rest. This was my first hike in Big Sur and it was a memorable one!

Great hike, with a surprise rock formation...make sure you walk around to see

One of the best day-trails in Big Sur

I did last week although it was awesome I wish I was more prepared. Make sure you have spikes as some parts of the trail are covered with ice. As for the peak make sure you take walking poles and gators so your feet won’t get wet.

Arrived and the entrance has a lot of dumped garbage and furniture. Decided to hike anyways. Trail was nice. Probably 4 stars if the blooms were in. Steep at first. December so we are the only ones on the trail. Lots of mountain lion tracks.

Took the ridge trail up and the Bluff trail back down. lovely views both ways, took about 3.5 hours round-trip.

Did it on Christmas day 2018. The ocean was blue! It was a beautiful hike with stunning views. The stream at the beginning was flowing quite fast and was cold, it was very refreshing.

24 days ago

Hike as described. Easy and enjoyable hike. Rock formation at end is cool. Trailhead is next to/ past fire station (metal gate on side of road). We parked across street from trailhead at Warner Springs Community Resource Center. Bathrooms at end of parking lot.

off road driving
24 days ago

This place is like a giant sandbox for your off roading vehicles! This was my very first attempt on off roading. Lots of fun time going off the trail with my wrangler Moab Unlimited. Too bad the last part of this off road trail is closed for 4 wheelers. It would’ve been awesome riding inside the canyon.

Trail is in great condition! Well marked with stunning views of the coastline.
River crossing is easy and refreshing. Highly recommend!!!

My family and I had a great time!!

Trail has reopened today! Beautiful views, perfectly clear day. River at beginning is shallow and easily passable.

Tried accessing the Bluffs Loop, only to find the park closed and the trail inaccessible due to high, fast moving water. What a bummer. Please fix this bridge!!

backpacking
1 month ago

Simple conditioning trek. Saw a good size rattle here too. pretty cool.

Nice easy hike with a very cool rock formation at the end.

Showed early and it was a great hike/run! It’s steep in the beginning then flattens out. Very peaceful

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike with beautiful views. Heads up, Observatory closes at 3PM.

hiking
1 month ago

Burned our.

it's a leisure walk. very pleasant.

Definitely do this one counter clockwise, I got my elevation gain done early in the hike and the descent was much more beautiful than if I had done it in reverse. Pretty heavily exposed hike though I didn't have amazing views due to some late spring fog/clouds. It's worth it definitely to detour to the beach which only adds a short amount to this steadily moderate hike. Be prepared to do at least one water crossing very early in the hike and to bring a lot of water. There was one place I could have refilled but I suspect in the warmer months that source dries up.

this is a nice Easy hike. 6.6 miles no big hills. only down fall is you can see houses and the road is only about 100 yards from eagle rock...

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views on a clear day, but equally worth the trek in the fog. Definitely take the clockwise route (uphill first) to get the best views on the way down. The hidden beach with purple sand is also worth a stop!

Excellent moderate hike! Mix of forest setting and open space. Trail well maintained, marked, easy to navigate. Eagle Rock was awesome! Great run back to start off trailhead.

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